Record low temperatures in the U.S. this year outnumber record highs by a two-to-one margin.  In July alone, there were more than 1,700 record lows set across the U.S. and only 574 record highs. 

NOAA'S Jake Crouch blames warmer than usual sea surface temperatures in the North Pacific.

"That tends to cause a ridge to set up over the West Coast, and we have a trough that allows cold air from the north to settle into the central part of the country," he tells KTRH News.

Even so, Crouch insists temperatures worldwide continue to rise.

"Local areas might be experiencing cooler than average temperatures this summer, but we are the only place in the world that is seeing that," he says.

Here in Houston, we've had 21 days below our normal high since June 1. 

Meanwhile, the Gulf of Mexico hasn't seen a major storm since Hurricane Isaac two years ago and the Great Lakes remain icy cold.

"We did see ice lasting on Lake Superior into June, that's the first time that has happened since reliable record keeping began in the early 1970s," says Crouch.  "Chicago's average temperature in July is about 3.6 degrees below average."